Ethics and the Catastrophe of Grace: Faith’s Obedience in the Ruins of Religion

Philip Ziegler* (Corresponding Author)

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With its emphasis upon the humanly catastrophic consequences of the radical transcendence of God and of divine grace, the second edition of Karl Barth’s Romans should be deeply inhospitable to ethics and utterly unaccommo- dating of the concerns of moral theology. And yet, across his exegesis of chapters 6 and 12 in particular, Barth both elaborates a fulsome account of the presuppo- sitions of a Christian ethic and outlines a vision of Christian moral action as sac- rificial and parabolic witness at once ‘impossible’ and yet ‘actual’ in virtue of God’s justifying grace. In conversation at key junctures with Kierkegaard, this essay examines the fundaments of Barth’s radical evangelical ethics as we meet it on the pages of his controversial commentary.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationKarl Barth’s Epistle to the Romans
Subtitle of host publicationRetrospect and Prospect
EditorsChristophe Chalamet, Andreas Dettwiler, Sarah Stewart-Kroeker
Place of PublicationBerlin
Publisherde Gruyter
Number of pages13
ISBN (Print)978-3110750522
Publication statusPublished - 23 May 2022

Publication series

NameTheologische Bibliothek Töpelmann
PublisherDe Gruyter


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